Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday sought six new medical colleges in the state under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), besides other approvals for health infrastructure, from Union Health Minister J P Nadda.
Nadda met Naidu before they started for Mangalagiri near here for the foundation stone laying ceremony of the upcoming All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), an official release said.
In the meeting, Naidu asked for a grant of Rs 1,098 crore to improve the infrastructure in government medical colleges, in order to meet the norms prescribed by the Medical Council of India (MCI) to increase the seats, it said.
The Chief Minister also demanded Nadda to set up a cancer centre in the state with an investment of Rs 250 crore, a state-level eyecare centre at the cost of Rs 110 crore, an ENT superspeciality hospital with an investment of Rs 50 crore, and a pediatric superspeciality hospital at the cost of Rs 50 crore, it said.
He also sought Rs 100 crore for the upgradation of the psychiatry hospital at Visakhapatnam, it said.
The Chief Minister also appealed Nadda to approve a National Pharmaceutical Education and Research Centre at Visakhapatnam, and trauma care centres for all districts, the release added.
Union Health Ministry said that the proposed AIIMS at Guntur whose foundation stone laid today shall be an institution with a capacity of 960 beds.
It will also have a medical college with an annual intake of 100 students and 500-bed teaching hospital, a nursing college with an intake of 100 students, a 300-bed super specialty block, and other support departments of 160 beds in ICUs and trauma care apart from an AYUSH facility, an official statement said.
The Institution will also house an Auditorium, night shelter, guest house, animal house besides hostels (aggregating 1400 occupancy) and residences (aggregating 171 dwelling units).
The AIIMS at Guntur would come up at a cost of Rs 1,618 crore in a period of about 60 months, the official statement said.
The establishment of the new AIIMS in Guntur will cater to 13 districts in the region with population of approximately five crore.
The AIIMS involves creation of state-of-the-art infrastructure for improving patient care services through the creation of tertiary healthcare facilities, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in medical and related physical biological sciences, nursing and dental education amongst others.
Apart from the one at Mangalagiri in Guntur district, two more AIIMS will come in Kalyani, West Bengal and in Nagpur, Maharashtra, all three at a cost of Rs 4,949 crore.
These institutes would come up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) in the next five years, the statement said.
source from; Deccan chronicle
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